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month: August 2011

Happy Anniversary to us!

One of my favorite things I always look forward to every year is my husband’s anniversary message that he draws on the dry erase board.  To me it’s more romantic and meaningful than any present or card. Happy anniversary to my dear hubby, I love you!!

Photo of the week, Shannon and John…Des Plaines IL wedding

Ah, the promises we made to make this photo happen, right Shannon? Totally worth it!


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Lincolnshire Marriott Resort Wedding reception | Katie and Bryan [2]

The reception was held at the Lincolnshire Marriott in Lincolnshire, Illinois. It’s such a cool place for photos.

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Red and reflection? Yes, please!!!

The attention to detail was incredible. Katie is a teacher so the small chalkboards were the prefect touch.


Even the flip-flops were color coordinated. Isn’t this a cute idea? Most ladies start resenting their high heels by the time the dancing starts, so they are happy to see a basket of relief by the dance floor.

Waiting for the intros.

Bryan’s Dad is a Pastor, he gave such a beautiful blessing.

I was desperately trying to get a photo of the full cupcake towers, but obviously that effort was completely futile…they were snatched up the minute they were put out.

Lovin’ Oven Cakery in Round Lake Beach, IL.

Katie & Bryan’s favorite lyrics about love were on the napkins.

Oh, the dancing!!! Where do I even begin? The floor was packed the entire night, it felt like an awesome night club. The DJ (Max, from Style Matters) was incredible, he was mixing the music on the spot, he was so talented I don’t think I’ve ever been more impressed.

Bryan and his college buddies surprised Katie with a serenade of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

I love this shot!

Carol got this shot and this pretty much sums up the day for me. The best part it’s can completely unprompted.  They were just dancing Carol was dutifully doing her job sticking with the B&G (the rule is one of us is always with the B&G, no matter what)  After she took this photo, she ran over to find me, she was so excited to show me the shot. Seriously we both got teary eyed. Bryan we *heart* you.

From Katie & Bryan…

*Our DJ was Max from Style Matters. Max was awesome! We had always envisioned having a big dance party at our wedding reception, but he went above and beyond with keeping the dance floor packed all night long with music that was really reflective of our tastes. http://www.stylemattersdjs.com
*Our florist and decor was from Meetinghouse Companies in Elmhurst, IL.
*Our cake and cupcakes were from Lovin’ Oven Cakery in Round Lake Beach, IL. http://www.lovinovencakery.com/
*The candy buffet was all done by us (shout out to my mom and dad for housing 100 pounds of candy in their basement for months!) but the labels were done by greenapplepaperie on Etsy.

My favorite wedding related purchase, aside from material things like the late night snacks, is definitely a close tie between you and Max, our DJ. Without both of you, our wedding would not have been as us as it was. It was always important to both of us throughout the wedding planning process that our wedding above all reflected us as a couple, and Max helped us create that atmosphere starting from the music at the cocktail hour all the way through the last string of pop/techno songs and the final dance to “Son of a Preacher Man” (too perfect!). And you, like I said above, were fun to hang out with, made me relax and made me laugh, and captured all those little moments that were so important to us, all the moments that make up the day. I will never be able to adequately express how grateful we are to both you and Max!

Honestly, one of my favorite memories is when our first bridesmaid and groomsmen walked down the aisle too early. I was getting so anxious waiting to walk down the aisle, and our friends headed down the aisle too early, and hearing everybody laugh and applaud made me relax at just the right moment. And from then on, the rest of the day was easy! I also really enjoyed saying our vows. Bryan and I wrote our own vows, and getting to actually say those words in front of all of our favorite people was more meaningful than I had realized while in the midst of all the logistical planning details. The other part that I truly loved was eating our dinner, looking around, and seeing almost every important person from our lives in one room, all talking to each other and laughing together. I don’t think I’ll ever get over seeing people from throughout our whole lives all mixing together!

Bryan’s favorite moment, aside from me walking down the aisle, is the surprise serenade of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” that he and his college Ultimate Frisbee team did for me in the middle of the reception.

Advice for brides: Don’t go overboard, but definitely be organized. It will take a lot of effort, but it will pay off in the end. Also, relax! In the few days leading up to the wedding, I realized that it didn’t matter what color ribbon was tied around the napkins, and it finally hit me that nobody else would care except for me. (Not even Bryan!) Finally, hire Hilda and Max for your photographer and DJ! They will help make your wedding stunningly perfect and an incredible party!

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Photo of the week, Sunset in South Haven Michigan

South Haven Michigan Lighthouse.

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Salvatore’s Ristorante, Chicago IL Wedding |Stephanie and Tim part 2

The reception of Stephanie & Tim’s Wedding took place at Salvatore’s Ristorante 🙂 Brides to be please read to the end of this blog post for some extremely helpful links and advice form the Bride and Groom 🙂  Click here to see part one.

Isn’t this a great idea instead of place-cards?

All the beautiful flowers were done by Ashland Addison Florist Co.

I love the fact that they donated to a PAWS shelter.

This was the cutest thing ever….Stephanie found herself on an empty dance-floor while waiting for the fist dance to start, and she took full advantage of it spinning around and having fun…it was probably my favorite part of the day 🙂

Stephanie, you’re adorable!

They had some great moves  during the first dance.

I probably cried right around this time, Stephanie asked the DJ to play her parents song, so they can have a first dance they didn’t have at their wedding…isn’t that the sweetest?

You know it’s a great party when all the parents are on the dance floor.  Below, Tim’s parents 🙂

Tim you are the sweetest man!

Tim and Stephanie (and both of their families) thank you for your generous spirit and your your kindness…looking forward to sharing the rest of the images with you very soon 🙂

From Stephanie & Tim…

Our #1 tip for soon-to-be Brides and Grooms: Use Yelp religiously.  We found all of our vendors through Yelp and weren’t let down by any of them.  They all exceeded expectations and then some!

-Florist – Ashland Addison Florist Co. – Martha Carrasco-Sheffield… Since Martha knew how important having beautiful peonies was to me (because they remind me of my Grandma), she very thoughtfully sent an email to me the week before the wedding just to let me how gorgeous my magenta peonies were going to be on my wedding day. Our flowers were absolutely breathtaking! Martha did an amazing job bringing our vision to life for our wedding. After our one and only one-on-one planning session with Martha, we knew she was going to “WOW” us on our wedding day. http://www.ashaddflorist.com/

-Hair – Salon Rouge – Brittney and Katy… Brittney did my hair and Katy did my Mom’s hair. Brittney and Katy also did my bridesmaids’ hair. They both did a fabulous job! Tim and I no longer live in Old Town, but Brittney keeps me coming back. http://salonrougechicago.com

-(AMAZING) Photography – Angel Eyes Photography – Hilda Burke and Hilda’s assistant, Carol… Where do we begin?! Words cannot express how much we love Hilda and Carol and their AMAZING talents! Hilda has an incredible eye for capturing the little details and the beauty of each moment. We feel incredibly lucky to have had her with us on our journey to married life—we really don’t think it gets any better than Hilda. http://www.angeleyesphotography.com/

-Makeup – Dori Mae Makeup – Doris Rohr… Dori loves what she does and it shows! Dori and Hilda went above and beyond to make my wedding day the best day of my life. When my bridesmaid’s zipper ripped as she was getting into her dress, Hilda pulled out her sewing kit. Yes, my amazing photographer had a sewing kit (among other resources) in her bag “just in case” something happened! Then, Dori rushed to the rescue and sewed my bridesmaid into her dress, just in time for my bridesmaids to help me get dressed. Dori and Hilda, you are both such beautiful people—inside and out.http://www.dorimaemakeup.com/

-Music – Cage+Aquarium Productions – DJ Kevin Price (aka DJ Scratchie Robinson)… Before we were even engaged, we had agreed that a DJ can make or break your wedding. So, naturally, when we got engaged and individually ranked our top five “Must Have’s” for our wedding, “Awesome DJ” was at the top of both of our lists. Kevin’s A-game was on-point at our reception—the dance floor was packed the entire night! We feel extremely lucky to have had Kevin’s talented self there to help make our celebration “the best wedding reception” that some of our guests “had ever been to”!

-Reception Venue – Salvatore’s Ristorante – Amra Custic… PERFECT restaurant and reception venue! Amra was the best—working with our other vendors to ensure they had everything they needed! The service, the food and the CAKE (Rolf’s Patisserie of Lincolnwood, IL) were fantastic! http://www.salvatores-chicago.com/

-Transportation – Elite Chicago Limo… Awesome party bus that was comfortable, clean and air conditioned (a must for our July wedding!). Our driver was always on-time and knew exactly where he was going, so we were able to relax and enjoy our mobile dance party! http://www.elitechicagolimo.com/

Bride’s favorite wedding memories: (1) EVERYTHING about our reception—it was truly a celebration of the joining of two incredible families, (2) Watching my parents have their “first dance” that they never had on their own wedding day (28 years ago!) , and (3) Having vendors who were truly committed to ensuring our wedding day was the best day of our lives.

Groom’s favorite wedding memories: (1) Taking it all in while watching Steph walk down the aisle, (2) After the ceremony, walking down the aisle together as husband and wife then fist bumping and “blowing it up”, and (3) I loved Steph’s “grooms cake” surprise when her die-hard Nebraska (football fans!) family clapped and sang along to the Notre Dame fight song.


Chicago IL [adorable!] Family/child photography

This adorable family has personality plus! It we had a blast taking photos at the park across from my office  🙂

Just could’t resit putting together this  collage, LOVE!!


Photo of the week, Sonya in a Couture Wedding gown

Photographed at Belle Vie Bridal Couture Chicago. Beautiful Sonya, my favorite model.


Adler Planetarium Chicago Engagement photography | Sara and Chad

I met up with Sara and Chad on a super hot and humid day, I mean wowzers it was hard to breathe. But these two cuties pulled off looking sexy and cool despite the heat.

Major cuteness!

Chicago has the best skyline is the entire World, no contest.


I did save the best two for last, yep this one is my favorite 😀

…and this one too…

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Highland Park Presbyterian Church | Lake Forest-Highland Park Illinois Wedding | Katie and Bryan [part 1]

Beautiful Katie Quinn started her day by getting ready in the house where she grew up. She was great at scheduling PLENTY of time for photos, so brides to be please take note…if you want lots of photos please  give your photographer time to create those  photos 🙂

Her custom made hanger from Etsy spelled out her new name,  lots of attention to details at this wedding!

Bryan’s sister proudly looking on.

Katie’s old bedroom was a fantastic backdrop for her pretty blue shoes.

She’s a huge fan of elephants 🙂

Yes, her eyes are really that blue, yes she’s sweet and kind too…yes, some girls do have it all…yes, it’s OK to be jealous.

The ladies looking fab in the living room. Can you believe they had a harp from the Chicago World’s Fair (a.k.a. World’s Columbian Exposition) ? How cool is that?

I found out after the photo was taken, that the chair I dragged outside (with permission of course) for the photos was her Grandmother’s antique.  Katie’s Mom was really thrilled that it got incorporated in the photos.

Hi, Mr. & Mrs. Quinn!!

Meanwhile at the Hotel, the gents looking handsome.

Love this photo…OK done with the smiling, quick let’s all check our phones 😉

Carol said they had her ROTFLOL

Now let me tell you about Bryan…he’s not over the the top flashy, but the way he loves and cares for Katie, makes me want to weep….I actually did get all misty eyed during some parts of the wedding just watching him around  his new Bride. It’s hard to describe, and difficult to capture in photos but all I know for sure, that Katie Quinn is one lucky lady. It’s not that he wrote her a letter, it’s the little things, like how he addressed the envelope for her on their wedding day…Shhh!! What’s that noise? Ah, yes!! It’s the ladies swooning all over the world reading this blog post.

Perhaps someone jumped the gun, maybe someone wasn’t paying attention to his  queue to walk down the isle, possibly  someone had to go back in line for a do over…I’m not naming any names…it could have happened that way 😉

Highland Park Presbyterian Church,  Highland Park  Illinois

… the way he looks at her…


Reception was at the  Lincolnshire Marriott in Lincolnshire, Illinois.


Lots more coming in part two! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog, or Fan me on FB to be notified of new postings 🙂

From Katie…

*The wedding dress clothes hanger was done by lilafrances on Etsy.

*My dress and the bridesmaids dresses were from David’s Bridal. They all picked their own shoes. Our necklaces were from Say Anything Jewelry on Etsy.

*The bridesmaids and I all got our hair done at Mario Tricoci in Vernon Hills, IL. (Kara did mine–she was so fun and gave me exactly what I wanted!)
*Bryan and the groomsmen all wore tuxes from Men’s Wearhouse.
*Our ceremony venue was the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Highland Park, IL, and our officiant was Rev. David Perkins.
*Our reception venue/caterer was the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire, IL.

*The photographer was obviously Hilda Burke of Angel Eyes Photography :). You were amazing! I was so happy to have you not only to document such an incredible day, but just to hang out with, help keep me calm and unstressed, and make me laugh. On top of just being a wonderful friend to hang out with on the wedding day, you captured some gorgeous photos that we will truly treasure forever. You were by far one of the best parts of the entire wedding day.



Photo of the week, “Best Dog”

I loved meeting Chipper he was so cute and very well behaved.  We took lots of photos of Chipper and (the Bride) Marcie…yet somehow this one really gets me. He really was “Best Dog” that day 🙂